Peer Support Specialist

Job Description

The Peer Support Specialist will act as a role model to veteran families while working with the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) case management team. The Peer Support Specialist will provide support to veterans in their recovery from substance use, mental illness and homelessness. They will work with the veteran to set and achieve realistic goals to increase their independence and housing stability.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Contribute to the ideas and processes of the ICM team
• Use a peer-to-peer approach to build a rapport with clients
• Provide emotional and informational support to clients as they work towards their goals
• Receive referrals from case managers for clients who need mentoring or advocacy in regards to substance use recovery, mental health or other identified needs
• Help clients become independent
• Support clients in their recovery from mental illness, addiction and/or homelessness
• Assist clients in connecting with VA or community resources when necessary
• Research additional benefits that are available to clients in order to enhance client services
• Work closely with case managers and assist them with mutual clients as needed
• Assess clients to determine program eligibility
• Any other duties assigned by the County Coordinator

DIRECT REPORTS
None

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
• Hold current Peer Support Certification or become Peer Support Certified within 6 months of hire date
• Life experience overcoming substance use, mental health and/or homelessness preferred
• Veteran status preferred
• Applicant must be willing to facilitate and mentor clients who are at risk of homelessness
• Available to work a minimum of 37.5 hours per week
• Reliable transportation is required

SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
• Ability to be a positive role model for clients
• Able to communicate clearly and accurately
• Able to provide support and education to clients
• Open to learning new service ideas and methods
• Have a willingness to take on new tasks
• Able to work in a team setting
• Able to maintain healthy work and personal boundaries
• Able to handle confidential information
• Able to remain calm in stressful situations

RELATIONSHIPS REQUIRED
• Reports to SSVF County Coordinator
• Work with ICM staff
• Develop relationship(s) with clients and their families
• Work with staff in other SPC programs
• Network with federal, state and local agencies who provide services to the clients we serve

BENEFITS
• Medical, dental and vision insurance
• Paid life insurance
• Long-term disability insurance
• Flexible spending account
• 403b with company match
• Holiday pay
• Paid time off (self-care days, birthday and personal day)
• Paid paternity and maternity leave
• Paid sick days
• Wellness perks
• Employee appreciation days
• Learning and development resources
• And much more!

Type: Full-time

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About
St. Patrick Center

At St. Patrick Center, we’re one of Missouri’s largest providers of housing, employment and health opportunities for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We take an action-based approach to service and offer nationally recognized programs that assist more than 8,000 people each year. Our mission, at its core, is to help individuals and families move from homelessness to independence in dignified, cost-effective and permanent ways. This approach transforms our clients as well as our entire community. For more information about our organization, please visit www.stpatrickcenter.org.

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